The Journal of the Santa Clarita Runners

April 2020 Edition


In this issue…




·         Scrambler Raffle Donor Spotlight! Meet Andy Simpson  

·         Running for Cancer Research and For My Mom!

·         Four Women and a Man in Nashville

·         Los Angeles Marathon 2020

·         Boston Memories


Regular Columns

·President's Message

·Editor's Note

Board Meeting Minutes

·Club Member Discounts

·Bulletin Board

·Upcoming Events

·This Month’s Calendar

·2020 Race Series Events and Rules*

··Race Results

·Our Sponsors

2020 Board Members

·Photo Gallery


*Updated with new events and postponed events


President's Message


By Melanie Cotterell



WOW!  It’s amazing what a difference a couple of weeks can make in your life. We have never seen anything like this and hopefully we never will again. Of course, I’m talking about all the safety measures put in place to limit the spread of this pandemic. We’ve seen ever changing rules of social engagement shift from hour to hour.  In our prior lives, many of us scheduled our days around our running activities with our friends.  We’d get in some exercise and social time all in one. But now we are being discouraged to gather in groups of any size and always keep our six feet social distance.  We’ve seen our schools closed and teachers and districts trying to figure out how to teach children from afar.  We’ve seen races cancelled all over the world from our local St. Patrick’s Day run to the Boston and London Marathons. But we will get through this. We are runners and we will survive and thrive!

Here is an article about how runners are prepared with the skills necessary to get through this trying time that Linda Burrows forwarded to me.  She received the article from Running Warehouse. 


“5 Skills You've Developed as a Runner to Help You Through the Pandemic


You may not have realized it, but you've been training for this for a while

Whether your specialty is the 5K or 100-miler, there are certain mental skills you've undoubtedly developed as a runner that can serve you and your loved ones well in this time of uncertainty. When things start to feel especially challenging, remember that you've been practicing these 5 skills for a reason!


1. You Know How to Take It One Step at a Time

Let's be real, running is not always fun. In fact, it can be painful, monotonous, lonely, and discouraging. I bet most of us can think of a time, or several, when it felt like the miles you had left until the end of a run felt impossible. So what did you do? You probably said something like, "I'll just run one more minute", or "I'll just make it to that next tree". And you did that over and over again until eventually, you finished.


The world is plenty uncertain right now, and there can be a lot of anxiety surrounding not knowing where the end of it all is, or what the end looks like. Now is not the time to focus on finish lines. Live as you do when running - as much in the present as possible. Take it one day, one hour, or one step at a time.


2. You Know It Will Pass


How often, during a run, have you felt like absolute garbage, only to feel amazing 5 minutes later? What about that time you caught a cold and couldn't run for a few days, and agonized over your lost training, but eventually recovered and realized you hadn't really lost that much fitness at all? Have you ever been injured, and unable to run, but eventually healed up and excelled at running again?

The point is, in running, we often experience pretty low moments, but they almost always pass. As a runner, you are skilled in recognizing that conditions are dynamic, and negative feelings will eventually pass.


3. You Know How to Find the Positive


When things don't seem to be going quite right during a run, there's almost always something you can still find to be grateful for. If it's cold and rainy, you may be grateful that you have the health and resilience to move your body through harsh weather. If your legs feel heavy and slow, you can be glad to be outside in the fresh air. If you're not on pace to finish a race in your desired time, isn't it still great that you're there participating?


Many of us may struggle with feeling a bit low in the coming weeks and months, but as a runner, you have been unknowingly practicing skills of positivity and gratitude. Now is a wonderful time to apply this skill to everyday life and focus on the amazing things we still have.


4. You Know How to Be Alone With Your Thoughts

One of the hardest things for many people who practice social distancing or who need to quarantine may be that they are forced to be alone with their own thoughts. Sitting with yourself can be harder than it may at first seem.


Fortunately, when we run, we think of all kinds of things - what's going on in our lives, how to process problems, or oftentimes not really thinking of anything at all. A bit like meditation, running helps us find comfort in our own minds, even through difficult circumstances.


5. You Know How to Build a Support Crew


Whether it's your friend who meets you for a run every morning before work, your spouse who watches the kids while you get our for a run, or the person who gave you an energy bar while you were bonking in that race, one thing about the running community is for sure: We are there for each other.


We know how to show kindness to each other even when we're suffering. We know how to share with our companions, even when we are in need ourselves. We know how to graciously accept the help of others, and how to rally together a team to reach a common goal.


Whatever the future holds, we are in this together. And as runners, we are in a position to exemplify strength and caring for those around us.”


I’m not sure if we will recognize each other when we emerge from hibernation as we may have gained a few pounds, grown some extra hair or hair of a different color but I can’t wait to see you all back out there!












Editor's Note


As always, we encourage you to submit articles as well as photos and race results to publish! 


Enjoy this edition of the SCRambler and if you have any comments or suggestions please forward them to me as well!

I miss you all, but this too shall pass!  Stay safe and see you soon.


Submit Articles by email with “May Scrambler Edition” in the subject line.


Liz Conzevoy

SCRambler Editor




Tuesday, April 28th






Santa Clarita Runners Board Meeting


SCR Board Meeting Minutes


Due to COVID-19 the meeting was cancelled









SCR Club Member Discounts




1. Running Warehouse

Available on-line at www.runningwarehouse.com, discounts up to 10% are offered to current SCR club members using the code SCRCALI at check- out.


2. Fleet Feet, Encino

Discounts of typically 10% are available in store to all current SCR club members.


3. Incycle, Valencia

Discounts of typically 10% are available in store to all current SCR club members.


4. CBS Cycle, Newhall

Discounts of typically 10% are available in store to all current SCR club members.










Welcome New and Returning Members!


Total Memberships as family or individual:




New and renewed March Memberships!

Don Barrington

Greg Garman

Grace Graham Zamudio & Family

Gloriann Meramble

Jeff & Anne Riggin

Lauri Struble

Mervat Tawfik

Mark Valbuena

Bahman Janka



We Look Forward to Running with You!




** New individual members are entitled to a complimentary SCR T-shirt. New family memberships are entitled to two shirts. Shirt(s) can be ordered by email at membership@scrunners.org.

 Be sure to include T-shirt size(s).


Family: $50 Individual: $35 Student: $15

You may send your check to the following address:

Santa Clarita Runners, Inc.

P.O. Box 800298

Santa Clarita, CA 91380-0298

Or renew through Active.com


Shoe Drive – Your old running shoes can be dropped off on the front porch of

Sue Davis’ house at 28350 Infinity Circle, Saugus 91390













Upcoming & Postponed Events



Postponed & Cancellations: Please check calendar below for updates


Upcoming and current:  March Mudness, weekly







SCRambler & Raffle Donor Spotlight!

Meet Andy Simpson


by Mary Petersen


The Santa Clarita Runners Club is not only a diverse group of runners committed to promoting running and fitness activities for runners of all ages and abilities. It is also a group that is generously committed to supporting worthy causes in the Santa Clarita Valley. The club supports our local Food Pantry and has donated to Straightening Reins, the Michael Hoefflin Foundation, and Bridge to Home. It also donates the proceeds from each year’s Independence Day 5K to local high school cross country programs.

Most recently SC Runners joined efforts with the nonprofit Peyton’s Project to host a Leap-a-thon fundraiser on February 29 for Peyton Marquez who was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy at the age of 6. Donations were raised to help find a cure for this disease. Runners donated a $29 registration fee (in honor of leap year) and those who were able to run 29 laps around the track to heighten awareness about the disease. Raffle tickets were sold with an assortment of prizes distributed to participants.

New Run Club member Katie Simpson and her husband Andy wanted to do their part to contribute to the cause. His business, Andy’s Homestay International, donated three $29 Amazon gift cards to be included in the raffle give away and he became this month’s Scrambler Spotlight Donor.

Andy’s Homestay International is a homestay service provider serving international students studying in Santa Clarita. Andy takes pride in arranging safe, welcoming, high quality accommodations for students and notes that his company is the only homestay service provider exclusively serving the international students of the Santa Clarita Valley. He says, “This gives us the unique advantage of being familiar with the local area and allows us to provide a personal, memorable experience for both the host and the student.” His goal is to make the study abroad experience everything students and hosts hoped it would be.

Last year, Andy was honored to become a member of the SCV Forty Under 40 class of 2019. These award winners are recognized as outstanding young professionals in Santa Clarita. Andy was acknowledged for his contributions to the economy of Santa Clarita as well as his charitable work with the SCV unit of the American Cancer Society and College of the Canyons. Congratulations, Andy, on being this month’s Scrambler Spotlight donor!








Running for Cancer Research & For My Mom!


By Brian Frank



The L.A. Marathon was a milestone race for me, as it was my 50th marathon since joining the Santa Clarita Runners in 1999.  It was my 54th marathon overall, as I ran two in the summer of 1975 when I was 15/16 years old, including my P.R. of 3:01, and then the 1991 and 1992 L.A. Marathons, before taking another 7 years to run #5.  Besides running 50 marathons, I’ve run 3 50K’s and about 70 half marathons since joining the club, so being an SCR has certainly had a profound impact on my running and overall life, not to mention all the long-term friendships I’ve developed over the last 21 years.


I was hoping this marathon would include another milestone, my 25th Boston Qualifier, which seemed like a reasonable goal after running #24 just last October in Ventura.  However, my quad strength deteriorated a lot after Ventura, due to my never ending lower back and compressed nerve issues, so my new goal became to try to prevent L.A. from being just my 2nd 4+ hour marathon while running for my own time (I twice paced friends to 4+ hour marathons, meaning I’ve run 50 sub-4 hour marathons).  However, due to my quad weakness, it was obvious from the very beginning a sub-4 time was not going to happen, and this race was going to be a major battle just to finish ahead of my slowest time of 4:18, which I ran in that comeback marathon in 1999.  My next slowest time when running for my own time was a 3:58, so I knew I only had one time to try to beat.  I did manage to hang in there and only walk once, coming in at 4:12.


However, this race had a lot more meaning for me than any milestone numbers or trying to keep my lengthy sub 4-hour streak alive and that is what really kept me running when I felt so much like walking the last 19 miles and especially the last 7 miles, after the one time I had walked briefly.  You see, for only the 2nd time, I was running for something much bigger than my own personal goals.  As I did in the 2016 L.A. Marathon, I was running to raise money for Concern Foundation, the cancer charitable organization I’ve been heavily involved with since a few months after my mom passed away from cancer in 1985 at the way too young age of 56 (4 years younger than I am now), despite being in great shape, eating healthy and never smoking or drinking.  And, just as much, I was running for my mom, who got so much joy out of my running high school cross country and track, the two marathons and the many 5K’s I ran while she was alive.  That is why I wore a photo of her (see picture, which was cropped from a photo of my parents on their 30th wedding anniversary) on a special bib, placed strategically just below my heart.  And, that is why, the more my quads started hurting, the more I kissed my pinkie that I had transferred her wedding ring onto after she passed away, tapped it on her photo and then pointed to the sky, saying “I love you mommy and I’m going to keep running to the finish line”, doing so for her and for the 100 friends and family members who have donated to my fundraising efforts who were riding along with me on my shoulders.


Because of this emotion I was carrying with me, I felt empowered those last 7 miles and managed to take in everything around me, including the pretty scenery, the encouraging signs people were holding and all of the cheering spectators who were lining San Vicente Boulevard and Ocean Avenue.  Despite the pain, I was constantly smiling.  It was an incredible feeling of sheer joy I will never forget.  And, as I look back on this marathon, I won’t remember the discomfort or the slower time.  Instead, I will cherish it as my most meaningful and uplifting marathon experience.


To date, my team of 100 supporters has raised $8,700.  Over 95% of the money donated will go directly to cancer researchers, since Concern is an all-volunteer organization.  For those of you who have contributed already, I thank you so much for your support and your friendship.  My funding page will be open until April 13th.  If you haven’t yet donated and would like to join our team and donate to this wonderful organization, you can do so on my funding page, which is https://teamconcern2020.everydayhero.com/us/brian-frank. 


Making this day even more special was that it was my dad’s 96th birthday.  After having lunch and a couple of celebratory beers and wine at a nearby restaurant, Annette, my two friends of 40+ years, John and Cliff (who are more like brothers than friends) and I drove over to my dad’s house in West L.A., spending a couple of wonderful hours with him and sharing with him my finisher’s medal, the special bib and a blown up copy of their anniversary photo.  It just doesn’t get any better than that!


Well, although I will never match the emotion or the importance of this marathon, it’s time to turn my attention to training for #55 and (hopefully) my 25th BQ.



Brian’s Mom and Dad on their 30th wedding anniversary, she was an avid runner herself!









Four Women & a Man in Nashville

(it’s rated PG we promise!)


By Hiranjan Rodrigo



This is not an article about the Nashville race where Santa Clarita runners showed their pride, or an article about how cold it was to run in 21º weather with toe warmers and hand warmers through a course that had way too many hills. This is an article about the tribulations of a single man who had no option but to share a two-bedroom unit with four women for 5 days. Sleeping arrangements were already made upon our arrival at Nashville for the race. I was to share a room with my wife in one room and two other ladies in the other room with a bathroom in between the two rooms. By the way, one of the bathroom doors could not be closed all the way and all the members in the household decided to use a shoe as a doorstop when that door was not being used.  Late in the evening I gave up my bed to another woman needing a room and willingly accepted to sleep on the couch. I was used to living with 3 women in my home and bathroom issues are something that is part of my everyday life. But this was a whole different ball game, sharing with women I do not live with.


After only a couple of hours of relaxing, I swear they forgot that I was even there in the house. They announced loudly what they were going to do in the bathroom and warned each other. When I wanted to use the restroom, I felt that I needed to get their permission and they wanted to know what I was going for—number one, two, three or four. Being a man, I knew what number three was but not number four. I am still trying to figure out what it is. Hit me up if you know the answer. As I mentioned before, they completely forgot that I was of a different gender and they proceeded to talk about subjects that I did not want to hear or participate in. They talked about what looks good on them, diet, exercise, love life, kids, extended family, and husbands. (Even my wife participated in this conversation, with me just sitting there a few feet away as if I were invisible). They never failed to complement each other after they were dressed and ready to go out. I chuckled to myself hearing one of the ladies frequently ask herself, “Do I look cute? Yes, I look cute. Now we can go out.” They even did each other’s hair, which I thought was only a teenage girl thing because I have witnessed this with my girls.


At one point I was sent out of the room because they were comparing their bodies. However, they forgot that the house was not sound-proof and that I could hear everything they said. I don’t think they really minded, however, as long as I did not see what they were talking about. They stayed up late into the night talking and snacking and it amazed me how much they had to talk about. I was waiting for them to run out of topics, but I was not that lucky during the entire five days. After they got into trouble the first night for being up so late, they were a bit quieter but still did not run out of topics to talk about. When they went to sleep, they cranked up the heater because the rooms did not get heat unless the doors were open. Again, they forgot that I was sleeping in the main area where the heat was coming in full blast on me. Because these women were in their own world, I really did miss male company in the unit. They did try to include me, but I decided to take the opportunity to binge on a TV program and tune them out.


Despite my unsuitable, hilarious living arrangements, the whole experience of going away with this group on a joint venture was quite remarkable. We went shopping, ate, enjoyed history tours, ate, listened to recorded music, ate, ran, ate, went to clubs, ate, and celebrated Paola’s birthday. Yes, we did eat a lot, but we were in the South and everyone wanted to try new food. All of it had lots of fat, sugar and anything that we usually try to stay away from, but it was heaven and we were lucky with many of our choices and the restaurants. Often, we would congregate in one of the three units to drink beer, snack, talk, laugh, and play games well into the night. I developed a whole new vocabulary playing these games. It was not just me.  I think all of us there learned new things in our adult life.


Now to why we actually decided to go to Nashville. Of course, I did not have a choice in this. My wife entered me in the Hot Chocolate Race and only a few days later she told me it was in Nashville and that we had to join in with the bookings of hotels and airline tickets. The race itself was a new experience for me. On the day of the race it was 21° degrees, and no matter how many warmers or layers of clothing I had, I was still cold. The course itself was hilly and nothing that I was prepared for. Getting the hot chocolate at the end did not satisfy me because I was not only still cold but now in pain after running all the hills. In spite of the cold I was pleasantly surprised by what Nashville had to offer.  I have never been to the South.  There are various activities for music lovers, historians, and young people. Broadway Street in downtown Nashville had clubs and restaurants with various kinds of music 24/7.  If you walk down the street at 9 am there is loud metallic music or country music with people drinking adult beverages, either continuing from the night before or starting all over again in the morning. This is a music lover’s dream where many careers have begun, but it is also a place of history that reminds us about how hard people fought for their civil rights. Even if you are not a country music enthusiast, you will enjoy going to the Grand Ole Opry for a show and then going the Ryman to see the history behind how it all began. You can even record your own song and the runners (except Richard and myself) had a great time recording, “Hey Good Looking.” These multi-talented people could also sing. By the way, if you go to Nashville and you have a sweet tooth, you have to try Goo Goo, a form of chocolate with peanut butter and marshmallow.


For me, putting up with four women was tolerable in the end because it balanced out with many other new and interesting things that I was able to experience. It was a memorable tour with some great new people (Darcel, Mel’s cousin Charlene, Denise and Doug) and I got to know these remarkable runners (Phil, Paola, Mel, Richard, Vicky, Magda and Kara) a WHOLE lot more. (Well some more than others). These people can organize things to perfection, and it runs like clockwork once you are there. I hope that I continue to have such great opportunities with these amazing people that are members of the Santa Clarita Runners Club.











Los Angeles Marathon 2020


by Chris Louie


Looking back at the LA marathon last month, I can’t believe how lucky we were.  Not only did we have great weather, but we were able to complete the race before the world was essentially shut down. Twenty years ago, I ran my first marathon – the LA marathon – and when I finished, I told myself that I would never need to run another one.  I have been fortunate to be able to run in multiple countries around the world.  I know I will not be able to thank everyone individually but wanted to give some highlights of how once again club members came together as a running family to make my 100th marathon an exceptional FRun (family/friend/fun run).  #journeyto100


·        Early morning 5 a.m. Friday donut runs from Starbucks

·        Saturday – extra miles on the Louie loop before the Lowebucks 10

·        Tuesday Track Workouts

·        5 a.m. Stanch runs

·        Hill workouts

·        Our van drivers and spotters

·        Friends registering to run a marathon to celebrate

·        Cheering section along the course

·        Picture taking, signs, and tv interviews

·        Backwards running

·        Trail runs

·        Sunday runs from Granary – water and Gatorade stops

·        Thursday 3M and 2x4 workouts

·        Family cheering section






Be thankful every day and enjoy each moment.

Thanks to all for making this marathon one to remember!



Boston Memories

By Phil Howard, Brian Frank, and Jim Pobanz





By PHIL HOWARD, April 15th 2002


A small group of SCR’s made the trek to Boston for 106th running of the Boston Marathon in 2002. We had each qualified at different marathons Santa Clarita, Los Angeles, Pacific Shoreline, Prague and had been looking forward to the trip for some months.


This was my first Boston; I’d had a qualifying time in 1993, 94 and 95 but gave up on marathon running for 7 years so had yet to make the trip to the race. Paola and I had previously been to Boston to run in the US Corporate Games in 1993 but that’s another story. Training was a mixture of as many trail runs as possible, a few long runs, cycling and as much of Eddies marathon training schedule as I could fit in so I wasn’t sure what to expect as I lined up with nearly 15000 other runners. Weather conditions were kind, on the days before and after the East Coast had record high temperatures but race day was cool and overcast.


The race was very crowded and it took a while to get to the start line after the gun went off. The early miles were also slower and by mile two I was pleased and surprised to find Denis Olsen had caught me up. Denis dictated the pace for the first half at around 6:45, it felt a little too fast, knowing that the hills lie ahead in the second half, but I stuck with him. The crowd support was great especially past Wellesley College where the cheering and screaming was deafening.  By the time we hit the first significant hills I was on my own and had to work harder to maintain the same pace that Denis had set earlier. Nearing downtown Boston I was getting really tired and my right leg threatened to cramp, I took a break at mile 25 to snatch a kiss from Paola before pushing hard to the line.


We finished race day with a meal at Legal Seafood and closed out our trip (on our 14th wedding anniversary) with a Duck (DUKW) tour of Boston City and Charles River before lunch at the Union Oyster House. My thanks to Paola and Victoria’s sister Esther for their support, to Denis for taking me out too fast in the first half and finally to Chuck, Lisa and Victoria for sharing another great trip.


Lisa                 3:24                Denis 3:01

Victoria           3:21                Phil     2:57

Mervat            3:16                Chuck 2:46


Phil’s Split times:


MILE         AVG. PACE

1        7'04"/mi

2        6'31"/mi

3        6'32"/mi

4        6'32"/mi

5        6'45"/mi

6        6'37"/mi

7        6'33"/mi

8        6'37"/mi

9        6'42"/mi

10      6'36"/mi

11      6'45""/mi

12      6'35"/mi

13      6'36"/mi

14      6'41"/mi

15      6'49"/mi

16      6'31"/mi

17      6'51"/mi

18      6'53"/mi

19      6'51"/mi

20      6'59"/mi

21      7'14"/mi

22      6'40"/mi

23      6'51"/mi

24      6'53"/mi

25      7'02"/mi

26      7'09"/mi

26.1   1'31"/mi


Gun Time   2hr 58min

Chip Time  2hr 57min







Since Melanie asked for photos or articles regarding past Boston Marathon experiences, I thought I’d share with you what I consider to be the most meaningful article I’ve ever written for the SCRambler.  As you will see, this article is about the incredible experience I shared in 2009 with my then 85-year-old father during the inaugural Boston Marathon 5K.  Considering I just ran the L.A. Marathon on my dad’s 96th birthday and then went to his house to celebrate with him afterwards, republishing this article couldn’t be timelier.  And, considering the difficult times we’re all going through now, I’m hoping this inspirational and emotional story will give you all something to smile about and allow you to reflect upon the beauty of this sport of running and the competitive spirit we all share and what is most important in our lives, which is our lifelong relationships and cherished memories with those who we are closest to and who are most important of all to us, our families.


I want to share with all of you one of the greatest racing experiences I’ve ever had.  It happened this past weekend in Boston.  No, I’m not talking about the marathon.  Actually, I’m not even talking about a race I was entered in.  The race I’m referring to is the inaugural Boston Marathon 5K that was held the day prior to the marathon.  And, the experience I’m referring to is having a bird’s eye view of my 85-year-old father making history in Boston.


A few days before my dad’s birthday in March, I received an e-mail from the Boston Athletic Association announcing they were going to hold a 5K race for the first time and it would-be run-on Sunday morning, the day before the marathon.  I had already invited my dad (Bert) to accompany me to Boston, as he had the first time, I ran the marathon there in 2006.  For his birthday, I would take care of the hotel and buy two tickets right behind home plate to the Saturday night Red Sox game.  When we had gone together three years ago, we had taken a 6-7 mile walk along both sides of the Charles River one day and walked the Freedom Trail another day, which was another 5-6 miles.  However, since then, he’s slowed down quite a bit and walks at a much slower pace.  Even so, I knew he still walked 2 ½ miles four morning a week.  And, if you knew my dad, you’d know he always likes a good challenge.  Therefore, without asking him, I registered him for the 5K and presented his “gift” to him at his birthday dinner.  He was pleased to have the opportunity to complete a race across same finish line as the Boston Marathon, arguably the most famous finish line in the world.  However, he was a little concerned he’d be able to complete it, especially since there was a 1-hour time limit before the course would close.  He had raced walked a number of 5K’s in his senior years, winning quite a few age group awards, but it had been a number of years since the last race.  Even so, he gladly accepted the challenge and was generally looking forward to getting back out there and racing again.


When I signed my dad up for this race, I thought it was simply a neat idea and it would be cool for him to cross that famous finish line, the same one I’d be crossing the next day.  That is all I was planning on sharing with him.  I hadn’t planned on race walking it with him and certainly hadn’t thought that this could turn into one of the highlights of both of our lives or that he’d be actually making history.

The night before the race, we did indeed go to the Red Sox game.  Fenway Park is well over a mile from our hotel, but my dad chose to walk there, instead of taking a cab.  He thought it would be good exercise before the race and said we could take a cab back to the hotel.  He walked pretty slowly that night, which concerned me, since he did have the time limit in the race and I knew he wasn’t walking at less than a 20-minute pace, something he’d need to do the next morning.  After the game, we could not hail a cab, as they were all full.  We ended up walking the entire way back to the hotel, which really wore my dad out.  Before we went to bed, he said he wasn’t sure he could make the race, as he was tired, and his arthritic foot was really bothering him.  Again, I was concerned, but knowing my dad, I was pretty confident he’d decide to do it anyhow, as he’s quite stubborn and never quits on something he sets out to do.


We woke up Sunday to a cold, windy morning.  My dad said he’d do his best but didn’t know if he could make it or if he could beat the clock, as he was tired and sore.  Even at this point, I hadn’t decided to walk with him, as I was thinking I’d jog around the course and just check up on him every once in a while.  However, once the gun went off and we eventually crossed the start line trailing all of the other 4,000 participants, it became obvious to me that my dad needed me beside him and that I should go with him the entire way, both to encourage him and to make sure he was o.k.


From the beginning, since my dad was trailing everyone else, we had a police car escort with lights flashing at our side and a sweeper vehicle right behind us, also flashing lights.  As you might imagine, the sight of this 85-year-old man with a race number on his chest and with two official vehicles in tow got quite a reaction from the spectators who lined the course.  It was obvious he was no youngster and that he was the last participant.  On top of this, he was wearing a World War II Veteran baseball hat, so besides cheering him on, a number of the spectators and quite a few of the law enforcement officers along the course thanked him for serving our country.


We passed the 1-mile marker in just over 19 minutes on the clock, but just over 17 minutes on my watch, as we took a couple of minutes to get across the starting line.  As it was chip timing and I knew he needed to average around 19 minutes a mile to beat the 1-hour time limit, I felt he was in pretty good shape.  He actually did the 2nd mile a little bit faster and, every time I asked him how he was doing, he said he was fine.  People continued to cheer him on, and I could tell this was becoming quite an emotional experience for both of us, father and son, side by side.


However, I wasn’t prepared at all for what was about to occur.  Shortly before we turned left from Commonwealth Avenue onto Hereford Street (marathoners turn right here from the opposite direction and then finish the same way), with about half a mile to go, my dad said he was tiring and needed to slow down some.  Even so, I knew he would never give up.  Two blocks later, we made the famous left turn onto Boylston Street and headed down the four blocks towards the finish.  This is where we encountered something I could never have dreamed up.  Many of the thousands of runners who had long ago finished their races were now walking towards us on both sides of the street.  For this entire four block stretch, as the people saw my dad approaching with his escort vehicles, hundreds of people loudly cheered and screamed for him.  I started getting tears in my eyes, realizing what was going on.  These runners were all blown away by what my dad was doing at his advanced age and encouraging him towards the finish.  It occurred to me how incredibly fortunate I was to be experiencing this with my dad and how awesome it was that, out of all the people out there, it was my own father they were responding to in this way.  I kept getting chills and had a smile as wide as could be.


As we neared the finish line, the police car wailed its siren multiple times and the crowd that had gathered in the bleachers that were set up for the marathon finish cheered loudly.  The race announcer brought him home on his microphone and then came over to interview my dad.  He asked him his name, where he was from and what had brought him there today.  He pointed to me and said he was here to watch me run the marathon the next day, deflecting attention from himself.  The announcer then asked me my name and I said it wasn’t really important, but what was important was that my dad had just turned 85 years old and this was his birthday present.  This comment elicited quite a roar from the crowd, capping nearly an hour of cheering for my dad and people honoring him for serving our country so long ago.


To top it all off, when I checked the results several hours later, I found out my dad was the oldest person in the race.  Also, there were only two other men over 80 and the highest age division was 80+, meaning my dad had actually won an age group award in the first ever Boston Marathon 5K.  Indeed, my dad had made history as the oldest person in this inaugural race attached to the most famous distance race in the world and won an age group award to boot.  He had also easily beaten the clock, finishing in 53:04, an impressive 17-minute mile pace.


As I reflect upon this incredible experience, I realize how lucky I’ve been to share so many great times with my father and how truly special this particular moment in time was for both of us.  I’ve learned a lot from my father over the years, but nothing more important than the strong desire to constantly challenge your mind and body, to push through discomfort and, most of all, the love and beauty of participating and racing in this purest form of sport.








Boston 2018 Memories by Pictures

By Jim Pobanz

















COVID-19 April Calendar

Continue to check for updates!

SCR Calendar of Events & SCR Weekly Bulletin Email



THU 4/1

Tempo run on your own.

Wave to your friends on the Paseos (at a distance of course)!

SAT 4/4

Distance Day or Rest Day!

SUN 4/5

Distance Day or Rest Day!

TUES 4/7

Track Workout on your own-see weekly email

THU 4/9

Tempo run on your own.

Wave to your friends on the Paseos (at a distance of course)!

SAT 4/11

Distance Day or Rest Day!

SUN 4/12

Distance Day or Rest Day!

TUES 4/14

Track Workout on your own-see weekly email

THU 4/16

Tempo run on your own.

Wave to your friends on the Paseos (at a distance of course)!

SAT 4/18

Distance Day or Rest Day!

SUN 4/19

Distance Day or Rest Day!

TUES 4/21

Track Workout on your own-see weekly email

THU 4/23

Tempo run on your own.

Wave to your friends on the Paseos (at a distance of course)!

SAT 4/25

Distance Day or Rest Day!

SUN 4/26

Distance Day or Rest Day!

TUES 4/28

Track Workout on your own-see weekly email

THU 4/30

Tempo run on your own.

Wave to your friends on the Paseos (at a distance of course)!


As always – please check on our web site scrunners.org for any calendar changes or updates.





New Race Series 2020


By Carolyn Gordon


The SCR Race Series is a way to win prizes, awards, gear, etc. just for doing what we all like to do (run races, volunteer and participate in club events!). That’s why we all joined Santa Clarita Runners, right!?!


You’ll find all the info on our website: http://www.scrunners.org/. Choose “Our Events” and “Our Race Series” to see the rules.  Scroll to the bottom of the rules to find the link to then enter your Race Series Points.


There are a couple of different ways to earn prizes, etc. from previous years so give the rules a quick look over, as well as an updated list of events (see below).


As your 2020 Race Series Director, if I can answer any questions, please feel free to reach out! See you on the road or the water stop!

2020 Events Table here


Race Series Events 2020











Hangover Run






The Master's University Winter 5K



+1ea for club shirt, PR, AG



SCR Annual Banquet






Surf City Full/Half Marathon



+1ea for club shirt, PR, AG



Mardi Gras Madness 5K/10K










Melanie Cotterell


Los Angeles Marathon



+1ea for club shirt, PR, AG




St. Patrick's Day 5K







Carlsbad 5000






March Mudness



Tier for 1st place down

Chris Louie & Melanie Cotterell



Valencia Trail Race






Train Run




Phil & Paola Howard


Prediction Run




Chris Louie, Frank & Kelly Schranz


Earth Day Clean Up






USPS Food Volunteer Drive




Phil & Paola Howard


Mountains to Beach



+1ea for club shirt, PR, AG



Hart High School 5K



+1ea for club shirt, PR, AG

John Toth


Run for Amy






Heritage Valley Volunteer




Rob Sklenar


Heritage Valley 5K/10K



+1ea for club shirt, PR, AG

Rob Sklenar


ID 4th of July Race Registration




Carl Pantoja


ID 4th of July Race Reg, Set Up, Timing




Carl Pantoja


ID 4th 5K/10K/15K



+1ea for club shirt, PR, AG

Carl Pantoja


COC Cross Country Series



+1ea for club shirt, PR, AG



Summer Social




Richard Rivadeneira


Be the Light 5K Volunteer






Ventura 5K/Half/Marathon



+1ea for club shirt, PR, AG


Nov. TBD

SCHMPR Half Marathon Preview




Chris Louie


Santa Clarita Volunteer




Chris Louie, Jeff Riggin


Santa Clarita 5K/10K/Half/Full



+1ea for club shirt, PR, AG



Turkey Trot






California International Marathon



+1ea for club shirt, PR, AG



Venice/Santa Monica 5K/10K



+1ea for club shirt, PR, AG



Santa to the Sea Half Marathon



+1ea for club shirt, PR, AG



Jingle Bell Jog




Paola Howard





2020 Race Series Rules


Objective:      Promote the sport of running and create camaraderie within the club by encouraging participation by our members in the Race Series.

1.      Points are awarded to runners who participate in the listed events and report them to the Race Series Director via document on our website. The series will operate on a self-reporting honor system. You can report your points at the scrunners.org website. Members must be in good standing (dues paid for the year) for points to be eligible. There will be a grace period on membership dues until March 15th.


2.     There are several ways to earn points in the Race Series:

Organized Races (O) will be eligible for:

          -Five (5) points for running the event

          -One (1) point for wearing your SCR shirt/tank

          -One (1) point for Personal Record (5-year age group PRs)

-One (1) point for an Age Group Award (as determined by race, i.e., if you place 4th, you can claim if awards go 5 deep but not if they go 3 deep).

-Personal Record (PR) and Age Group Award points are awarded based on your age group at the time of the event.

          Volunteer Events (V) will be eligible for:

                   -Five (5) points for participating in the event.


          Fun Events (F) will be eligible for:

                   -Three (3) points for participating in the event.

          Refer a new member to the club:

-      One (1) point per new member, up to five (5) for the year.

-points are not awarded for adding new family members or for changing from an individual membership to a family membership.

          Write an article for the SCRambler:

-      Five (5) ponts per article with a maximum of one article per month.

Act as a Race Liason or Host of an Event:

-      Five (5) points for each occurrence

Run any race with a minimum of four (4) other club members and submit an article and photo to the SCRambler:

          -Five (5) points to all club members at the event even if they are

          not in the picture.

          (maximum of 2 races a year)

Wild Card Race with a SCRambler article and photo

-Five (5) points for any race of your choosing that does not fit into any other category

(maximum of 2 races a year)

Participate in each of the four (4) weekly club events at least once in one month

          -Five (5) points per month

          (points can only be claimed once a quarter)

3.     Each month we will recognize that month’s participants for club supported runs, each quarter Race Series points leaders will be awarded prizes, and, there will be recognition of Race Series participants at the annual banquet.

a.      Members are only eligible for one (1) quarterly award per year and one monthly award per year, but all winners are eligible for end of year awards.

b.     Annual Banquet winners will be separated into three (3) categories:

-Most overall points

-Most volunteer points

-Most race points












Los Angeles Marathon, March 8th, 2020

26.2 Miles!


Sarah Nakutin 3:48:17

“First time running LA Marathon!”

KJ Yi 3:59:12

“Chris Louie's 100th marathon celebration run with Ann-Marie, Jim Pobanz, and many other SCRs. Such a wonderful day with SCR support group & van drivers.”


SCR LA Marathon Results*

Danielle Marsh 3:13:15

Scott Douglas 3:13:52

Mark Valbuena 3:18:33

Lisa van Dyke 3:22:36

Solomon Yohannes 3:22:38

Tony Cota 3:28:36

John Toth 3:43:53

Sarah Nakutin 3:48:18

Gayoshi Rodrigio 3:58:44

Pujitha Weerakoon 3:58:52

KJ Yi 3:59:12

Chris Louie 3:59:14

Jim Pobanz 3:59:14

Anne Marie Frisch 3:59:16

Brian Frank 4:12:38

Andy Beilin 4:13:54

Michelle Eisler 4:28:35

Ethan Marquez 4:39:19

Tim Nasr 4:44:22

Norma Hidalgo 4:49:21

Fred Eisler 4:56:22

Kwan Beilin 4:58:59

Brian Block 5:04:56

Scot Mahotz 5:09:58

Kari White  5:22:03

Richard Ramirez 5:24:46

Paul Newberry 5:27:36

Janet Aguilar 5:37:27

Linda Burrows 6:05:36

Susan Dunn 6:24:26

Lieta Smith 6:35:06


LA Charity 13.1 Half*

Noelia Fedi  1:54:35


*All SCR Marathon Results courtesy of Paola Howard


Rock n Roll New Orleans, March 5th, 2020

Half Marathon


Carl Pantoja 2:13:20

“Great flat course”


Hope and a Future Run, March 7th, 2020


Gene Borrelli 38:05

“1st place in age group (>70)”


Pamela Borrelli 47:34




















2020 Board Members


President Melanie Cotterell

Vice-President Dennis Lebman

Treasurer Paola Howard

Secretary Anne-Marie Frisch

Membership Director Chris Louie

Race Series Director Carolyn Gordon

Social Media Jeff Riggin

Policies/Procedures John Toth

SCRamber Editor Elizabeth Conzevoy


Sue Davis

Phil Howard

Richard Rivadeneira